Jacob Zuma's lush mansion in posh suburb up for grabs for R6.5m

Jacob Zuma's lush mansion in posh suburb up for grabs for R6.5m

- In 2005, former president, Jacob Zuma purchased a lush from in Forest Town in Johannesburg for R3.6m

- According to reports, the house is now on the market again for a hefty price tag of R6.5m

- While it's not clear why the house is being sold, Zuma's spokesman could confirm the house is indeed on the market

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Former president, Jacob Zuma's R6.5 million mansion in Forest Town, is up for sale.

According to a report by Sunday Times, the luxury home boasts five-bedrooms, is situated in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, is on the market for R6.5 million and can be viewed by appointment only.

Vukile Mathabela, Zuma’s spokesman, could not confirm why the house was being sold, but could confirm it was on the market.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Zuma purchased the mansion for R3.6 million in 2005.

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Jacob Zuma's legal fees are a sore subject for all South Africans.

While taxpayers are paying the former president's legal expenses, no one will be happy about his court case.

CityPress reported that the amount that has been spent by taxpayers' money to cover Zuma's legal fees is R16.7 million.

Earlier this year it was estimated at about R15 million. According to the Presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote to Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker, to take another look at the estimated figure spent on Zuma's legal costs.

Apparently, the extra R1.4 million was discovered when the Department of Justice prepared documents for litigation.

An amount of R16.78 million was confirmed by Cassius Lubisi, Director-General in the Presidency.

But, on 6 and 7 November, the Pretoria High Court will hear the DA's application to review and set aside the agreements between the presidency and Zuma‚ to cover the legal costs incurred by him for his criminal prosecution.

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Meanwhile, Parliament approved a plan to pay former president Jacob Zuma 100% of his presidential salary as an annual pension.

Lawmakers additionally approved a plan to allow Zuma’s wives to receive 50% of the pension upon his death.

Zuma earned R2.98 million per year when he resigned from office in February. The state will also be responsible for the costs of Zuma’s medical aid and other benefits in addition to the usual presidential perks such as full time security protection.

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommended that Zuma should receive 100% of his presidential salary and furthermore recommended that this amount should be linked to the salary of the current sitting president.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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